ERIC Number: ED363534
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
We: Lessons on Equal Worth and Dignity, the United Nations, and Human Rights. Educating for Peace Project.
This document is a curriculum module on the theme of tolerance for upper elementary and middle school students. The lessons provide opportunities for students to develop knowledge about issues and events of intergroup relations, increase student awareness of the dynamics of intolerance, and help students build a framework for developing their thinking about these issues. The module is divided into five sections. Section 1 is an invitation for all teachers to reflect on a personal commitment to create a classroom where it is safe to discuss issues of tolerance, where all viewpoints are addressed and heard. A sample letter to parents is included. In section 2, "Language and Permission," students perform a skit, explore the challenges of defining tolerance, and reflect on the positive and negative power of words. This section is especially helpful in creating a classroom environment of trust. In section 3 students look at how hurtful racial and religious intolerance is, personally as well as on a global level. In the fourth section students begin to identify disrespect in their own lives and practice ways to develop a more respectful approach. In section 5, "The United Nations and Rights," the students look at what an international organization has said and done about dignity, respect, and human rights on a global scale. In section 6 students identify agents of change and then reflect on how they, individually, can change when intolerance appears. The last section is a list of age appropriate selected resources on the United Nations. (DK)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Civil Liberties, Classroom Environment, Elementary Education, Intergroup Relations, Junior High Schools, Learning Activities, Middle Schools, Multicultural Education, Racial Bias, Social Bias, Student Attitudes
United Nations Association-USA, 485 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017-6104.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Sponsor: Bremer (Otto) Foundation, St. Paul, Minn.
Authoring Institution: United Nations Association of the United States of America, New York, NY.; United Nations Association of Minnesota, Minneapolis.